Race Retro Classic Car Sale 2018

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1989 Lancia Thema 8.32 series 1

Lot No.: TBA

Registration: F785 RML
Chassis Number: ZLA83400000152571
Engine Number: 14944
Number of cylinders: V8
CC: 2927
Year of Manufacture: 1989
RHD/LHD: Left Hand Drive
No Reserve

First seen at the Turin show in 1986, Lancia's new Thema 8.32 featured the V8 32-valve engine from the Ferrari 328 which, with the four-door saloons comparatively light weight and nimble handling, resulted in an intoxicating cocktail offering 0-60mph in just 6.8 seconds and a maximum speed of 150mph. With a price tag in period of £40,000 new, and only available in left-hand drive, it was always going to be a niche market car in the UK.

 This particular car is owned by actor/comedian and renowned classic car enthusiast, Rowan Atkinson, and has been in his personal ownership for 7 years. During this time he has spent a considerable sum maintaining and improving the car with regular servicing and maintenance. The history file shows close to £20k in relevant bills on file.

He chose this particular car partly because of its rarity as a Series1 version but and also because of its excellent overall condition and the fact that it had velour upholstery which Rowan much prefers to the standard leather finish. He has thoroughly enjoyed his time with the car and it now represents a real opportunity for the knowledgeable collector and enthusiast.

Today, it is definitely a rarity with less than 20 cars currently registered and taxed according to the DVLA. It's featured in the March 2018 edition of Classic Car magazine with a full road test and appraisal which will be available from 24th Jan 2018. Offered at "No Reserve', it could well be the bargain of the Sale and we suggest a detailed inspection will reveal this car to be a particularly fine example of the marque.